Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and former Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa have been ordered to step down from Gauteng ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) by the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as “tragic”.
Emboldened by the recent Life Esidimeni constitutional damages award, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Tiger Brands and Enterprise Products on behalf of the listeriosis victims.
The decision of Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke in the Life Esidimeni arbitration is an important landmark following more than two years of resistance, negotiation, confrontation, heart break and horror, writes Section27 attorney.
Following a litany of lies, “murderous” decisions, agonising deaths and torturous transfers, an amount of R1.2-million will now be paid to each of the families affected by the Gauteng Department of Health’s decision to move mentally ill patients out of Life Esidimeni facilities.
Families of the 140-plus psychiatric patients who died after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities to irregularly registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have suffered so much that some themselves are now dying.
The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) says it is not their job to verify 12 more casualties from the Life Esidimeni move, shifting the responsibility onto Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.
Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy has annihilated the claims and excuses put forward by the Gauteng Health Department as the reason why they went ahead with the deadly Life Esidimeni move that saw 144 mental patients die.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has told the Life Esidimini arbitration hearings in Parktown, Johannesburg that there was nothing wrong her going on political campaigns while the marathon project that resulted in patients dying was underway.